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Flight Test 787-8 ZA004 draws self portrait.

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I rarely get to share what I do with the public, but in this case I'm proud to show off. The pattern is my design and it took some fine tuning to make it fit our test requirements. (flightaware.com) More...

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1 dead in Southwest Airlines flight has uncontained engine failure

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Aireon Space-Based ADS-B -- Before vs After coverage over the North Atlantic

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ADS-B flight tracking over the Atlantic before @AireonLLC space-based ADS-B. vs flight tracking over the Atlantic with 50% of the #Aireon network complete. #ProofIsInThePayload (twitter.com) More...

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FlightAware's custom shark icons help users track Southwest's Shark Week fleet

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Southwest is stepping up its Shark Week promotional efforts, which now include the option to track the 'shark flights' via special icons on FlightAware. Track the sharks via: N470WN (Great White ), N705SW (Hammerhead), N961WN (Mako), N553WN (Tiger Shark) and N947WN (Bull Shark) (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Happy 13th Birthday FlightAware

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FlightAware is 13 today! Congratulations and may it have many many more! (flightaware.com) More...

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The FAA May Put An End to Shrinking Airline Seats and Cramped Leg Room

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It’s getting more and more crowded to fly in coach—but there’s a chance the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could step in. The FAA is set to announce the results of its review of seat sizes and leg room in the near future. That review could prevent airlines from further reducing the space available to passengers as carriers cram a few extra seats on board. (fortune.com) More...

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My B-17 crew survived Nazi-occupied France in World War II. Now I'm the last man standing.

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My B-17 crew was shot down on a bombing mission to Germany. We had no idea what lay ahead of us in Nazi-occupied France and what we would later endure. (www.usatoday.com) More...

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FlightAware moves HQ higher into the sky

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FlightAware, a global flight tracking data company, will double the size of its headquarters and gain a modern space with panoramic views of Houston when it relocates to a full floor near the top of Eleven Greenway Plaza in November. (m.chron.com) More...

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This is how the Boeing 797 will look like

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Seattle - More information is now available about the Boeing's NMA, New Mid-market Airplane. Journalist Jon Ostrower reports the planning around the aircraft and holds an image giving some idea how the future device will look like. (jonostrower.com) More...

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$186 Million (£120 Million) Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

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The aviation world is abuzz with reports that a group of Concorde fans may have raised enough money to get the historic supersonic jet back in the skies once again. According to the Telegraph newspaper, "Club Concorde" has raised £120 million ($186 million) for its "return to flight" plan and hopes to get one of the decommissioned aircraft back in the skies by 2019. (www.cnn.com) More...

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SIA479 Tracked Live Over the Indian Ocean with Aireon Space-Based ADS-B

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Watch Singapore 479, an Airbus A350 travel from Johannesburg (JNB) to Singapore (SIN). This was one of the first flights to be tracked live over the Indian Ocean thanks to positions from Aireon’s satellite hosted space-based ADS-B network. Aireon's network is 50% complete and we're already able to track more flights than ever before possible. (twitter.com) More...

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LATAM Chile is In Trouble With Its Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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Santiago - A Boeing 787 of LATAM Chile is proving to be the most affected aircraft by the problems of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, needing urgent repairs. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

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President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. (www.govexec.com) More...

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Boeing posts a video of the 787-10 on ground and flight tests

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Los Angeles - Boeing posted a video of the 787-10's recent flight and ground tests, the largest model in the Dreamliner family. In particular, low and high-speed take-off tests were conducted at the Edwards US Air Force base in California and aerodynamic flight tests a few feet above the ground, one of the most exciting for pilots. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Listen to the pilots of SWA1380 land the plane

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Audio has been condensed but includes all publicly available ATC transmissions to/from SWA1380 from the time they declared an emergency to the time they stopped on the ground. Audio quality of these feeds varies dramatically just due to distance to transmitters, A/D converters, interference, receivers, bandwidth, bitrate, compression, digital artifacts, dither, all that fun stuff, etc. (www.youtube.com) More...

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What we know so far about the Southwest incident

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Philadelphia - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17 after one of its engines had been severely damaged following the loss of a fan blade. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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FlightAware Announces ADS-B Coverage Growth

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FlightAware enters 2018 with unprecedented flight tracking coverage. FlightAware has grown its network of terrestrial ADS-B receivers by 51% in 2017, enabling it to offer surveillance for aircraft flying over land in some of the world’s most remote areas. By adding over 4,000 terrestrial receivers FlightAware is also able to track aircraft movement on the ground at over 200 airports around the world. (www.einpresswire.com) More...

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Embry-Riddle Plane crashes near Daytona Beach International Airport, killing 2

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A small plane crashed just after takeoff Wednesday morning from Daytona Beach International Airport, killing two people. The Piper PA-28 plane went down at Tomoka Farms Road and Bellevue Avenue, confirmed Volusia County Sheriff's deputies, who were called out just before 11 a.m. by witnesses who saw the plane go down. (www.mynews13.com) More...

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The Boeing 777X And Its Unmatched Foldable Wings

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An unusual scene may become commonplace at airports in a few years if Boeing succeeds in making a new system safe for commercial operation. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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What happened to the "Center Core" of Falcon Heavy

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Florida - The Falcon Heavy rocket of SpaceX made a successful launch on February 6 from Kennedy Space Center, with a limited edition of Tesla Roadstar as its payload, playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on repeat. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Airline operators to face route planning restrictions due to ETOPS downgrade for the 787-9

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New York - Rolls-Royce increases the inspection frequency of Trent 1000 "Package C" engines to a monthly interval due to the recent problems reported by the clients. Operators also need to be prepared for route planning restrictions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Spirit Airlines to buy regional jets to fill the gap in barely served routes

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Houston - The American ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines plans to buy hundreds of regional jets to strengthen its network. The candidate list includes Bombardier CSeries and Embraer E2. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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VIDEO: Crash Truck Dash Cam: AA 383 Fire at O’Hare

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Every video of the response to the uncontained engine failure of a Boeing 767 (American Airlines Flight #383) on departure from O’Hare International Airport contains a wealth of information about the incident and the fire department’s response to it. While the overall theme can be appropriately summarized with “Job well done,” there are certainly lessons to be learned. (And they have been.) (www.youtube.com) More...

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The largest engine of the world gets ready to power B777X

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With a fan of composite material more than 11 feet (3.35 meters) in diameter, General Electric GE9X is the largest engine in the world. This is the new engine of the Boeing 777X. It will be the largest and most efficient dual-aisle aircraft operating in the world, according to the North American manufacturer (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Boeing reveals "Hypersonic Flight Concept"

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Chicago - Flying five times faster than the sound speed might sound like a distant future story, but according to Boeing, the hypersonic flight can be a reality in twenty to thirty years. The American aircraft manufacturer presented its first-ever concept for a hypersonic passenger plane for military or commercial customers, which could cross Atlantic or Pacific ocean in two hours. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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American Airlines Crew Duct Taped Woman After She Tried To Storm Cockpit

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A passenger on an American Airlines flight was charged Thursday after federal authorities accused her of attacking three crew members aboard the flight as it approached Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. (www.msn.com) More...

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The F35: 17 years in development, massively over budget, nowhere near ready

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The American people were assured the new jet would enter service in 2008 and be a high-performance replacement for the military’s aging airframes while only costing between $40 million and $50 million. Successful money trough. Military capability not so much. (www.pogo.org) More...

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‘Aggressive’ passenger may have to pay plane’s fuel bill after causing emergency landing

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A Canadian man may be charged $17,450 after his drunken and disorderly behavior caused the airplane to make an emergency return to the airport while accompanied by two F-15 U.S. Air Force jets. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against TapJets, Inc.

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WASHINGTON–The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against TapJets, Inc. of Spring, Texas and Fargo, North Dakota, for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft. (www.faa.gov) More...

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Flight draws Texas-shaped track over Texas

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Piper Cherokee draws Texas-shaped track over Texas (flightaware.com) More...

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VIDEO: Emirates completes its first A380 full gear change

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Emirates' maintenance division has completed the first entire landing-gear change for one of its Airbus A380s. The Dubai-based airline says that replacement of the aircraft's nose and four main landing gears was executed within a 14-day period at Emirates Engineering's facility. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Airbus renames CSeries: A220

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Toulouse - Bombardier CSeries aircraft are now called A220-100 and A220-300. The cooperation between Bombardier and Airbus on the CSeries was one of the most prominent industry events of 2017. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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We Can Prevent Another MH370

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There is no good reason why tragic mysteries such as Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Air France Flight 447 and EgyptAir Flight 990 should occur. We have the technology now to prevent or immediately track down and learn the cause of such disasters. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

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First A330-900 of WOW Air appears outside the FAL in Toulouse

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Toulouse - The first of four Airbus A330-900s of the WOW Air was photographed by a spotter outside the FAL in Toulouse. The A330-900 should be delivered to WOW Air by the end of the year. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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End of an era: Boeing 747 takes its last commercial flight in the US

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Atlanta - The Boeing 747, the world's first jumbo jet and the most recognizable passenger aircraft will pass into aviation history this week. After 50 years after of its debut, the 747 will make its final commercial flight on Tuesday, December 19 with Delta Air Lines from Seoul to Detroit. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Man who ignited midair brawl on Seattle-to-Beijing flight sentenced to 2 years in prison

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A Florida man who went berserk last July on a Seattle-to-Beijing flight, beating passengers and crew members with a wine bottle before being subdued, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. (www.seattletimes.com) More...

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Boeing 747s Are Back From the Dead

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The “Queen of the Skies” seemed doomed to the desert boneyards, but package haulers are rushing to snap up the aging jumbo jets. (www.bloomberg.com) More...

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The boss of Emirates threatens Americans to cancel the 76 billion dollars contract with Boeing

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Dubai - The leading American airline operators, Delta, American, and United are demanding restraints for the operations of Gulf carriers in the US soil. But the Emirates boss Tim Clark reminds the US government the contract of his company with Boeing that worths billions. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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Flightaware's 1,000,000th photo is uploaded

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One of the best pics i have ever seen! Check it out. (flightaware.com) More...

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Another Air Canada Incident at SFO

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Air Canada 781 was on final for SFO and the tower told him to go around at least 5 times and they still landed. https://soundcloud.com/user-771239359/oct-23-2017-0400z (www.airliners.net) More...

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Uber for Planes Amendment in FAA Bill

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Contained in the FAA reauthorization bill currently speeding its way through Congress is a little noticed provision that would change the charter game completely. The new provision would effectively allow private pilots to post ride share notices online, which would in theory open up the market to companies wanting to enlist pilots in a money making endeavor. FAA reauthorization is expected to zip through both chambers as early as next week. (www.planeandpilotmag.com) More...

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Emirates Could Store 45 Planes In Coming Weeks Due To Pilot Shortage

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Emirates is currently dealing with an issue in unprecedented numbers. Specifically, Emirates pilots are quitting to go work elsewhere. The airline has always had some level of turnover, but they’ve never had anything to this degree. Emirates’ president said that the airline is “a tad short on pilots,” which is perhaps the understatement of the year. (onemileatatime.boardingarea.com) More...

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Horizon flight lands on taxiway instead of runway; FAA is investigating

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About 3 miles from the airport, the crew positioned the aircraft for landing and attempted to activate the remote-controlled runway lights, said Horizon Air spokesman Ray Lane in an email. "The crew having not been informed of the non-operational runway lights, misidentified (the taxiway as the runway), lined up to it and safely landed," Lane said. (lmtribune.com) More...

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Top FlightAware Squawks of 2017

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Take a look back at the top FlightAware Squawks from 2017 and relive the year's top aviation news. Happy New Year! (flightaware.com) More...

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United Airlines tests telling passengers why their flights are delayed

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CHICAGO –– You’re sitting at the airport, about to leave on a big summer trip, when you hear the dreaded announcement: the flight’s delayed. Would knowing why you’re about to kill a couple of hours in the airport lounge leave you less frustrated? (www.postbulletin.com) More...

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Emirates A380 Jet Nearly Loses Directional Control In Windy Landing

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A380 Pilot way overcontrols the rudder after rough crosswind landing. (www.avgeekery.com) More...

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The End of an Era: On Board United's Last Domestic 747 Flight

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Many years ago the Jumbo Jet dominated major airports across the US, and seeing domestic flights operated by the 747 was the norm... But today, United and Delta are the last US carriers to operate the 747 on commercial routes. Both are set to retire the iconic American-made jetliner by the end of this year. (www.youtube.com) More...

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World's longest flight is set to get longer thanks to this Airbus jet

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The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB - due to take on the world's longest flight - has successfully completed its first mission. (www.dailypost.co.uk) More...

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Russian general ID'd ordering actions before downing of Malaysian passenger jet

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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found. The reporting team, made up of McClatchy and investigative websites Bellingcat (based in London) and The Insider (based in Moscow), identifies the general as Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev. His identification is potentially a breakthrough in a case that has… (www.msn.com) More...

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Aireon space-based ADS-B tracking exceeding SITAONAIR expectations

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El Bez says the Aireon space-based ADS-B data, in particular, is filling out gaps in flight tracking coverage. SITAONAIR has shared its learnings thus far with AIRCOM FlightTracker customers so that they can see “how this could be used in different parts of the world where existing coverage is not sufficient” such as polar routes and for certain oceanic coverage gaps. (runwaygirlnetwork.com) More...

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